Katjarra Butler - 91.4cm x 121.9cm

Artist: Katjarra Butler - 'Ngamurru'

Size:  91.4cm x 121.9cm acrylic on canvas


Written by Elizabeth Marrkilyi (Katjarra's neice). Katjarra was born quite close to Kulkurta and Purrungu at a place called Kuun. Kunn is the name of the waterhole there. Kunn is also the name of the yellow ochre.There is also a place very close to Kuun that Katjarra refers to as her home and is one of her Tjukurrpa or dreaming which she paints. It is called Kuurmankutja. This place is home to the two Kuniya (python) dreaming. The other dreaming that she paints is Marrapirnti.Her father was Lilyiwara Tjungurrayi and her mother was Mangkatji Nangala. Katjarra had an older sister Nguya Napaltjarri and younger brother Peter Tjanpaltjarri, now both deceased. Katjarra lived with her parents, siblings and immediate family in the bush as a child, teenager and young married woman. She lived with her family and later her husband in the country west of Tjukurla in the Kulkurta area which is south of the Baron Range in Western Australia. Katjarra lived a traditional nomadic lifestyle only, travelling families within their family's country and lived off animals that they hunted and bush food that they collected. They collected and drank water from the rockholes, soakages, springs and claypans (waterholes). All the travelling was done on foot.

Story from the certificate of authenticity:

Kitji Kitji is the name for the kangaroo colloquially referred to as 'Euro'. This kangaroo lives in rocky environments. The Kitji Kitji Tjukurrpa is local to the area, which is how the place got its name.  The site Kitji Kitji and Wutjulu are located close to one another.  There are two important water sources, one rockhole at Kitji Kitji and a soakage at Wutjulu.

Katjarra's whole family used to travel around the Kitji Kitji area, they would come from the South and meet there. They would become one big group and hunt and collect bush tucker together.

There is a strong Malu Tjurkurrpa (Kangaroo creation) story attached to this site, however Katjarra did not want to speak about it. Either the story is  too big to share publicly, or it is men's business.

She says 'The kangaroo travels from the North, through Lokarrpara to Kitji Kitji. That's all.'






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